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Garden Gnomes and Leprechauns

Updated on July 2, 2013

Both Gnomes and Leprechauns are Popular Garden Fixtures.

Garden Gnomes and Garden Leprechauns grace gardens around the world and have a colorful history which can be described as green and also as colorful as the rainbow that leads to the pot of gold.

Helping in German gardens since their first manufacture in 1841 in Dresden, Germany, Garden Gnomes have been popular. Small wooden dwarfs that were placed in homes started in the 17th Century but the porcelain ones were said to have started in Germany.

The Gnomes became popular in the rest of the world during World War II. Soldiers brought them back as prizes to their home countries and thus they have been around in the USA since the 1940's

The Leprechaun has been around in one form or another for 2,500 years. There is no claim of when Leprechaun figures started being made but their depictions have been around for hundreds of years.

While both are popular, it is interesting that they are similar and also different but both an important part of culture and mythology.

Please enjoy this site and take time to purchase a little guy or two. They make fabulous gifts, just don't sit on their pointed hats!

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Gnomes and Leprechauns

What's the Dif?

Leprechauns and Gnomes are both mythical creatures, neither ever did or do exist. Leprechauns were supposedly from the Irish Islands and they were similar to fairies. Gnomes, on the other hand, inhabited Europe and lived in the dark. Supposedly, if they stepped into the light, they turned into stone. Thus, the Garden Gnomes we see today could probably be explained that way.

Gnomes and Leprechauns are supposedly very similar mythological creatures. While there are garden Gnomes, some people regard them as Leprechauns. Both guard treasures, Gnomes take theirs underground while the Leprechauns flee with a pot of gold. Either way, they are fun little creatures and many collect them.

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Gnomeo and Juliet

Gnomeo & Juliet
Gnomeo & Juliet

What better way to spend time with your kids than this wonderful animated feature. It is a cute story, based on the original Romeo and Juliet, but told in a modern way. This story never gets old.

Fun for the whole family for movie night.

Make St. Patrick's Day your movie night this month!


German Garden Gnome

German Garden Gnome
German Garden Gnome

Gnome is where the heart is.

Leprechaun in the Garden - Engraving Ca. 1862

1862 Leprechaun
1862 Leprechaun

German Garden Gnomes Protecting a German Garden

German Garden Gnomes
German Garden Gnomes

You can't borrow money from a Leprechaun because they're always a little short.

Gnomes from Amazon - For yourself or a gift for a garden lover!

1900 Engraving of a Leprechaun

1900 Leprechaun Engraving
1900 Leprechaun Engraving

Garden Gnome in Hollfeld, Germany

Gnome in Hollfeld, Germany
Gnome in Hollfeld, Germany

A garden to a Gnome is considered "Gnome Sweet Gnome."

Another Garden Leprechaun

Garden Leprechaun
Garden Leprechaun

Drunk German Garden Gnome

Drunk German Garden Gnome
Drunk German Garden Gnome

Gnomes, Leprechauns or Nada?

Which is your favorite?

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Leprechauns are hard to get along with because they're very short-tempered!

Garden Leprechaun

Garden Leprechaun
Garden Leprechaun

Project X Gnome - Get the movie!

This is a very popular movie that has the Project X Gnome. Get yours today!

German Garden Gnome With Pig in Bamberg Germany - German Garden Gnome With Pig in Bamberg, Germany

German Garden Gnome with Pig
German Garden Gnome with Pig

Evil Looking Garden Leprechaun

Evil Garden Leprechaun
Evil Garden Leprechaun

There are Gnomes and Leprechauns in My Guestbook - Leave a comment to scare them off

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      While my garden is too small (is that possible!!!) to find a gnome or leprechaun, I have found them in my favourite movie of all time, Amelie, and a very funny episode of Corner Gas (out of Canada). I blame these programs for developing my love for inanimate, cement, cast and poorly painted gnomes and leprechauns. I love, love, love your page and will visit again just because it's hillarious.

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Love those Garden gnomes!

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      montanatravel52 5 years ago

      What a fun lens to read, thanks! We just got a new house with a yard, and I know my kids would like some of these ideas:)

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Thank goodness they are in your guestbook and not in my garden! I did enjoy seeing them here and reading a little of their history though. Blessings.

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      Diva2Mom 5 years ago

      Love Leprechauns! I barely see stuff about it, so thank you for this great lens! Love it! Love Gnomes as well! Gotta love Gnomeo and Juliet movie, my favorite. God bless.

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      savateuse 5 years ago

      Love it!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Ah, blimey! I love finding gnomes and leprechauns and trolls in my garden, minding the pests there ... much better than encountering them on the internet.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      What! No Leprechauns for me to buy here? Just Gnomes. You must not be Irish.

      Loved your lens, by-the-way! Blessed.

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      WindyWintersHubs 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Adorable little leprechauns!

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Congratulations on making the Squidoo Top Crafts, Costumes and Crazy Clothes board. Blessed.

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Happy St. Pat's Day. Nice lens.

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      kayla_harris 5 years ago

      Nice Lens!